Kelly Fields, The Biggest Loser: Couples
Their marriage didn't work out, but Kelly Fields and her ex-husband, Paul Marks, decided to work off their weight together on The Biggest Loser: Couples. Weighing in as the most portly pair, Kelly also ranked as the heaviest woman competing on the show at 271 pounds. But the 39-year-old nurse from Titusville, Florida, finished in third place at 162 pounds, arriving at the finale 109 lighter — and solo.
TVGuide.com: Why do the show with your ex, when you'd already started dating someone new?Kelly Fields: Paul was the biggest guy I knew and a tough competitor.
TVGuide.com: Good reason. But that's also why we were surprised that he didn't come to the finale. Is he really sick?Kelly: Yes, he is. He's in a hospital bed right now.
TVGuide.com: What happened to him?Kelly: He is really, really sick. In the past two months he's spent six weeks in the ho
Bernie Salazar, The Biggest Loser: Couples
In a finale upset, eliminated 27-year-old Biggest Loser contestant Bernie Salazar won the $100,000 prize by a single pound over Massachusetts family man Mark Kruger. The Chicago teacher weighed in at 153 pounds, a loss of 130 pounds from his 283 starting weight. Calling from his cell phone on the day after the taping, Salazar was still in a state of shock.
TVGuide.com: You were the surprise winner of the night, beating Mark Kruger by just one pound.Bernie Salazar: That’s an understatement. I just know that I gave everything that I could. I definitely surprised myself. To me that's what this whole show is about, surprising yourself and realizing that you can do anything that you put your mind to.
TVGuide.com: What will you do with your winnings?Bernie: My mom’s [house] has been hit with flooding, so we’re going to get her set. I’ve got student l
Ali Vincent's "Got Milk?" advertisement
Ali Vincent, the newly crowned winner of NBC's The Biggest Loser, is starring in a "Got Milk?" ad, running (among other places) in today's edition of USA Today, the nation's newspaper (if I may harken back to days of yore). The ad copy reads: "It feels good to lose. It feels good to win. So along with eating right and keeping fit, I drink milk. Drinking three glasses of lowfat or fat-free milk a day helps you get the calcium and nutrients your body needs. Plus, the protein helps build muscle. Now thats a strong finish." The outcome-spoiling ad can be seen in its entirety here. MWMRelated: Read our recap of Tuesday's finale.
Biggest Loser by Trae Patton/NBC
Gear up because tonight's Biggest Loser is going to be a big one (OK, that pun was intended). And rather than being strung along through 29 commercial breaks, you're going to find out who goes home live in the first five minutes. Don't forget to stick around for the emotional homecomings when former contestants return to reveal that they've lost what amounts to an adult person in pounds. Watch it now! | More online videos
Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper by Dave Bjerke/NBC Photo
Are Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels raving about the decision to let viewers vote this week on who The Biggest Loser's third finalist should be? Fat chance. Michaels, for one, is "disappointed' with the change in format. "Biggest Loser is not a popularity contest. It's so much more than that," she said in a Friday conference call. "I don't get it, personally."Like Michaels, Harper fears that fans don't have enough information to adequately weigh in on so pivotal a decision, since fans have not seen firsthand as much of each player's progress as they have. "It's really a tricky thing," says Harper. "[The viewers] get all they've seen on the show, but it's still much more than that."To that end, exec producer Mark Koops says this week's episode will recap each player's journey and afford each a chance to appeal to the audience. "It's incredibly powerful," he says. "I personally think it's going to be well received." What's your take? Is this an instance where reality viewers should be...
Question: Have you commented on how excruciating it is to watch certain TV shows that are so padded with filler? If it weren't for TiVo, they would be unwatchable. I am talking, of course, about The Biggest Loser and Deal or No Deal. Loser is still two hours a pop, which is ridiculous with only six people left. Then to make matters worse, they bring back two people so they can stretch it out another two weeks! Without commercials, Loser is about 80 minutes, and I'd say 60 minutes are meaningless boring filler (and that's a generous estimate). Remember when Deal or No Deal used to have two contestants per show? Now it is one, and with all the endless filler, it is mind-numbing. This show has to be watched on fast-forward.
Answer: I've long been on record saying the appeal of Deal or No Deal completely escapes me. As a game, it takes forever to play out, and I can't imagine watching it — or any number of bloated reality shows — in real time. I tried watching The Biggest Loser for the
The Biggest Loser by Trae Patton/NBC
Looks like viewers will be tasked to decide one more reality show contestant's fate. At the end of the April 8 episode of NBC's The Biggest Loser, producers will call upon "America" to pick the third finalist competing for the weight-loss competition's $250,000 prize. As of that next-to-last episode, four dieters will remain. The two who drop the most pounds that week will be guaranteed spots in the finale. The two who lose the least falling below the show's infamous "yellow" line will be left to pray people care enough to vote them into a spot in the live finale, airing April 15. Talk about a heavy burden. What's your take? A long-needed tweak to the TBL formula? Rochell D. Thomas
Minnie Driver and Eddie Izzard in The Riches by Prashant Gupta/FX
NBC has greenlit a sixth season of The Biggest Loser, to premiere in the fall. The plan is to repeat the current cycle's concept of casting teams of two.... FX has announced a March 18 Season 2 premiere for The Riches, which this time around will serve up only seven episodes.... Shrek: The Musical brings the big green guy to Broadway Dec. 14, with previews starting Nov. 8. Shrek and Donkey have yet top be cast, while Sutton Foster (currently Young Frankenstein's Inga) is onboard as Fiona. My wallet already feels $500 lighter.... OK, this is fun.
The Biggest Loser by Dave Bjerke/NBC Photo
Tuesday's highlights: American Idol delivered 29.05 million total viewers, a year-over-year dip of six percent. Averaging 8.94 mil over its two-hour run, The Biggest Loser was up 25 percent week-to-week. One Tree Hill scored 3.05 mil, an 11 percent increase. At 10 o'clock, SVU served up 12.97 mil (up 830K), while Boston Legal (8.24 mil) gained 340 thou.In other ratings news, CNN's coverage of Monday night's Democratic presidential debate was the most-watched primary face-off in cable TV history, registering 4.9 million viewers.... AMC's Breaking Bad on Sunday debuted to 1.35 million. Comparatively, the cabler's Mad Men drew 1.65 mil in its pwn premiere.
One Tree Hill by Andrew Eccles/The CW
Tuesday's ratings recap: The future-shocked One Tree Hill averaged 3.47 million total viewers over its two-hour premiere, a negligible dip from its Sept. '06 season-opener, and giving the CW its largest Tuesday audience since May 15, 2007. The Biggest Loser drew 8.9 mil in its first hour and 11.47 mil from 9 to 10, putting it at No. 2 in total viewers (behind NCIS and House repeats), but No. 1 in key demos. The people's choice was not to watch the People's Choice Awards (six mil), which barely managed half of last year's audience. Opposite the PCAs and a Mafia rerun, SVU (15.16 mil) was up 23 percent from last week.